Apologies for the late post - I’ve only just got back online.
Firstly, a HUGE thanks to SA, Mrs SA, Jordy, SA Snr and Mrs SA Snr for hosting an absolutely fantastic weekend. As much as we may have got in the car (with or without caravans) and trundled up/down/left/right to get over to Macc, SA & family let a bunch of mostly strangers into their homes and hosted what was a cracking event. Thanks also to everyone else who contributed, including and especially the kids, who for the most part must have thought that Mum and/or Dad and their friends were out of their minds but supported everyone anyway.
Short and sweet (unlike my race) Race Report;
Swim = 46 mins. Longest ever swim in one go, still feeling strong at the end. Considering I only planned to come along to help on both days I wasn’t really expecting to complete the full HIM, so thought I’d take things slow and steady. Exiting into a wet and cold T1 I went for comfort over speed and put on plenty of layers. At least I wasn’t the only bike in the rack.
Bike = 4hrs. Started off OK, excellent directions and marshalling. Felt good for first few laps, but the bit of a headwind and monotonous hills started to take their toll. The feed station cheers kept the motivation up, although after Button Mushroom’s “It’s relentless” comment that was all I could think of for the last 6 laps. That and how the hell is BBT moving so damn fast. I often found myself taking in the spectacular scenery and forgetting I wasn’t supposed to be on a Sunday ride. I regretted not bringing the TT bike as there was plenty of opportunity (and benefit) for getting on the bars. Sadly I came off the bike feeling OK in the legs but neck/back killing me. Cue a 24 hour T2…
Run = 2.02. Not bad run for me (1.50ish PB) given the undulating course and legs feeling a bit heavy from day before. Started off with Disoriented & Tired Badger, who quickly disappeared into the distance. Most noticeable was the number of locals who were now taking an interest in what the hell was going on and by the end actually shouting cheers of encouragement. The final run up to Chez SA was a great way to close it out; no chance of stopping, but a bit of uphill to rack up the pain. Pure SA logic.
Given I hadn’t expected to do much I was quite chuffed to actually complete the course in the end, albeit in 30:48
SA had clearly lied about the hills on the bike, and I had stupidly believed him again when he said that the run was flat. I only hope he doesn’t find a way to tilt the swimming pool or find a fast flowing river to swim against for next year. At least forewarned is forearmed so I now know the terrain to train in for DIY HIM 2014.
I arrived knowing no-one and with a fair degree of trepidation. I left knowing a great bunch of people and what it means to be a Pirate.
PS I think the pirate baseball hat is mine (left it in the garage?). Doh! Will send address. Soz
Guys, sorry, but can you squeeze another in at the pub for Friday?
BTW for those staying at the Premier Inn they are apparently overbooked by at least 2 rooms tomorrow night, so will be assigning them on a first come first served basis. If you're (hoping to be) staying there you might want to get there early.